United Way of Chattanooga

October 16th, 2014 10:30 AM


Staff from the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County will face off in a softball game this Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. on the McCallie School Varsity Baseball Field. 

All proceeds will benefit the City’s and the County’s community fundraising campaigns for United Way.

An Orange Grove resident will throw out the first pitch and Linda Romans, from the Orange Grove Center choir, will sing the national anthem. 

Limited stadium seating is available and lawn chairs are recommended.

Tickets are $5 for individuals and $10 for a family of four. Children ages 4 and under get in free.

The general public is encouraged to attend and concessions will be sold. Please call Meg Patton at 423-209-6128 for more information.

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mayors hold trophy

Mayors sign game ball

Mayors fight over trophy

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Santa Parade on Nov. 8
October 14th, 2014 12:00 PM

Benefits United Way of Greater Chattanooga

As a festive kick-off to the 2014 holiday season, Hamilton Place will once again host the 16th Annual Santa Arrival Parade on Saturday, November 8, beginning at 11am.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. in the Sears parking lot and will circle the mall, ending near the Food Court entrance where children can escort Santa to his holiday home for photo opportunities.


Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to avoid the crowds. Last year, thousands of parents and their children lined the parade route, and parade judges will be stationed outside at Bar Louie (the best vantage point from which to watch the parade). 

Parade float registrations are being accepted through Saturday, November 1. The registration fee is only $25 per category, per float or participating organization. You may register for more than one category at $25 each. Registration is free to schools. Floats and groups are not considered officially registered until registration fee has been paid. 

Learn more about creating parade floats here: http://www.valleydecorating.com/howto.html 

Parade entries can win in one of the following categories:

  • Best Marching Group
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Outstanding Commercial Entry
  • Community Spirit Award
  • Best Performance by Dance/Cheer Group
  • Best of Parade

Call Hamilton Place Mall at 423-855-5282 for more information. To register a float or group for the parade, visit the United Way website at www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org/parade. You can also pay your registration fee by phone with a credit card by calling 423-752-0325

The registration fee benefits the United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s Project Ready for School. This program enables children through the Chattanooga area to receive free Imagination Library books, free learning checkups for preschool children, and more. United Way works with people and organizations to assure that children start school ready for educational success and have the learning supports they need throughout their school years to graduate.

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Christmas Clearance Begins
October 14th, 2014 1:12 AM


If your church, social club, civic organization or business wants to provide holiday help for children and families this season, you should contact United Way's 2-1-1 soon in order to provide assistance in time for the holidaysAll area agencies and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to take advantage of this service.

Many human service agencies and other organizations in the Tennessee and North Georgia area are already using 2-1-1’s Christmas Clearing service in order to avoid assistance duplication this holiday season. A few organizations participating in 2-1-1's Christmas Clearing service are:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Catholic Charities
  • Catoosa DFACS
  • Chambliss Center For Children
  • Chattanooga Head Start
  • Chattanooga Housing Authority
  • City of Chattanooga- Parks & Recreation
  • Dade County Sherriff’s Office
  • Dallas Bay Fire Department
  • Forgotten Child Fund
  • Hamilton County Health Department Hugs Program
  • Hope For the Inner City
  • Hope Unlimited Ministries
  • Northside Neighborhood House
  • Partnership for Families, Children and Adults
  • Rhea County United Way (partnering with Rhea County Sheriff’s office)
  • Salvation Army
  • Samaritan Center
  • Signal Mountain Social Services
  • Soddy Daisy Fire Department
  • Toys for Tots – United States Marine Corp
  • Walker County Stocking Full of Love

Calling United Way as soon as possible gives 2-1-1 operators time to match those who want to help with those in need. Sometimes, families who need help may request assistance from more than one organization because they don't want their children to be left out. The Christmas Clearing service allows organizations to save resources by avoiding duplication within the same family, while at the same time helping more families in a timely and efficient way.

However, if you need help or you know of a child or family in need of help this holiday season, you can also call United Way’s 2-1-1 for assistance. 

Families needing assistance can dial 2-1-1 for information and referrals to organizations providing services in the greater Chattanooga area - including Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties in North Georgia and Hamilton, Marion and Rhea Counties in Tennessee. In areas where 2-1-1 is not yet available, residents may dial423.265.8000 or 866.921.3035 (toll free number for Alabama and Georgia). The hearing impaired can dial 7-1-1 (Teletype Relay Service). Go online atwww.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org or call 423.752.0300 for more information about this or other services. 

Whether you know someone in need or you represent an organization that wants to provide holiday help, you can dial 2-1-1 from any of the 16 counties in this service area. Check the United Way web site at www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org or call 423-752-0300 for a list of counties served. Operators on call at 2-1-1 will work to connect available resources to those in need in time for the holiday season.

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